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Grand Tour of Imperial Rajasthan

Tour Code - IJ 19

Duration: 29 Days

 

Destinations Covered: Delhi – Alwar – Deeg - Bharatpur- Ranthambhore- Bundi- Chittorgarh- Deogarh- Udaipur- Dungarpur - Mount Abu-Rankapur- Kumbhalgarh-Rohet-Jodhpur-Osian- Khimsar- Nagaur- Phalodi- Pokhran- Jaisalmer-Sam Sand Dunes- Gajner-Bikaner-Mandawa- Samode -Jaipur-Amber Fort – Delhi.

 

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Day 01: Arrive Delhi
Arrive Delhi – The capital city of India is a sprawling modern metropolis with a stunning backdrop of ancient architecture. Check in to your designated Hotel. Day is free to relax after a long flight. Overnight stay at Delhi.

 


Day 02: Sightseeing of Old & New Delhi

Enjoy sightseeing tour of Delhi, start the day with an orientation tour of Old Delhi, enjoy a drive pass through the magnificent Red Fort constructed by the Great Mughal emperor Shahjahan in1638-48 AD, Jama Masjid Mosque- the largest mosque in India constructed by Emperor Shah Jahan between 1644- 56 AD. After old Delhi sightseeing head to New Delhi and visit Rajghat- memory place of Mahatma Gandhi, India Gate – The memorial was built to commemorate the Indian and British soldiers who died in World War I and the Afghan wars. The names of Martyrs are inscribed on the walls of the memorial, Rashtrapati Bhawan – the official residence of the President of India with 340 rooms, it is the largest residence of any Head of the state of the world. In the afternoon visit the Qutub Minaret built in 1193 AD it is the highest stone tower in India. Delhi sightseeing tour ends with a visit to the Lotus Temple – an architectural marvel of the Bahai faith. The lotus shaped Temple is set among pools and the Gardens, which gives an impression of a floating half open lotus flower surrounded by its outspread leaves. Overnight stay at Delhi.

 

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Day 03: Drive to Alwar & Sightseeing
Drive to heritage city of Alwar, 140 Kms from Delhi is the northern gateway to royal state Rajasthan. Enjoy visit to the 18th Century immense city palace and ancient Bala fort (Prior permission is required). Overnight stay at Hill Fort, Alwar.

 


Day 04: Drive to Deeg & Sightseeing
Drive to Deeg, a town with massive fortifications and magnificent palaces. Deeg is 65 Kms from Alwar. Arrive and enjoy Deeg sightseeing visiting the white marble Surajmal’s Palace with delicate mosaic inlay work, the elegant Gopal Bhawan, the heavily embellished Kishan Bhawan, the summer pavilion Keshav Bhawan, Nand Bhawan and Mughal styled stunning beautiful gardens. Overnight stay at Deeg.

 


Day 05: Drive to Bharatpur. Visit to Bharatpur bird sanctuary

Morning drive to ancient city of Bharatpur home of Keoladeo Ghana National Park & Bharatpur bird Sanctuary a UNESCO world Heritage. Enjoy visit to Asia’s largest birders paradise Keoladev Ghana National Park. The park is home of more than 400 rare species of habitant and migratory birds and is ranked among some of the best bird sanctuaries in the world. Some habitant species to name are open bill storks, egrets, grey herons, black headed ibis, cormorants, pipits, larks, waterfowl, sleeping nightjars and migratory visitors such as bar-headed geese, pied – crested cuckoo, garganey, Baikal teals, little grebe, greylag geese etc. Later enjoy sightseeing of Heritage city of Bharatpur visiting impregnable Lohagarh Fort (Iron Fort) built in 1732 AD is home of beautiful orange Kamra Khas Mahal, massive lofty Jawahar Burj tower and numerous impressive temples. Overnight stay at Bharatpur.

 

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Day 06: Drive to Ranthambhore Tiger reserve

Drive to Ranthambhore Tiger reserve, 240 Kms from Bharatpur is one of the finest wildlife destinations in India. The park is spread over 392 Square Kilometers and is an undisputed, breathtaking place to spot tigers. The dry deciduous forest also supports large number of other wild life species, some to name are leopards, the elusive caracal, Jungle cat, striped hyena, jackal, sloth bear, wild boar, marsh crocodile, porcupine, spotted deer, Indian gazelle, Asiatic stag and blue bull etc. Ranthambhore Park is also home of more than 300 rare species of habitant and migratory birds like Indian horned owl, bonellis eagle, crested serpent, spoonbills, quail, kingfishers, storks, ducks and the most sighted Peacock. Enjoy afternoon game safari of Ranthambhore Tiger reserve. Overnight stay at Ranthambhore.

 


Day 07: Ranthambhore Tiger reserve
Enjoy morning and afternoon game safari of Ranthambhore Tiger reserve. Overnight stay at Ranthambhore.

 


Day 08: Drive to Bundi & Sightseeing

Morning head to medieval fascinating town of Bundi, it is 150 Kms from Ranthambhore. Bundi has retained its medieval flavour – frozen in time for the travelers and is famous for best preserved and maintained step wells of Rajasthan. Arrive Bundi and after a little relaxation enjoy sightseeing of Bundi, visiting striking Taragarh fort that stands sentinel to the city and is a mute witness to history and time, impressive chatter palace built in 1660 AD , chaurasi Khambhon ki Chhatri and most famous Raniji- Ki – Baori ( Queens Stepwell) built in 1699 AD with some superb carving on its pillars. Overnight stay at Bundi.

 

 

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Day 09: Drive to Chittorgarh & Sightseeing

Drive to historical town of Chittorgarh, 150 Kms from Bundi it is famous as pride of Rajasthan and was the strongest bastions of Hindu resistance against the Muslim invaders. Chottorgarh also famous as Chittor witnessed no less than 3 mass suicides (Johars) committed by the females inhabitants of its fort. Enjoy sightseeing tour of Chittorgarh visiting one of the most spectacular and historic 8th century Chittorgarh fort and Vijay Stambh (Tower of Victory) built in 1440 AD. Overnight stay at Chittorgarh.

 

 

 


Day 10: Drive to Deogarh & Sightseeing
Drive to Deogarh, 140 Kms from Chittorgarh is a pleasant town with interesting countryside and picturesque lake. Arrive and stay at 17th century castle Deogarh Mahal.Overnight stay at Deogarh.

 


Day 11: Drive to Udaipur. Sightseeing of Udaipur and Boat ride on Lake Pichola

Head to Udaipur, the city with scenic hills, shimmering lakes, marble palaces and beautiful gardens, honored as the most romantic locale in India. Udaipur is 135 Kms from Deogarh. Enjoy sightseeing tour of Udaipur visiting City Palace – a white marble sprawling architectural wonder topped by domed pavilions and cupolas at different levels, other stops of your Udaipur sightseeing includes Sahelion Ki Bari or the Garden of Maidens is well laid out with extensive lawns and shady walks, Jagdish Temple is the largest temple in Udaipur and is a fine example of Indo-Aryan architecture. The temple was constructed in 1651 AD and enshrines an enormous black stone image of Hindu deity Vishnu, Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandal Is an interesting museum exhibiting a unique collection of folk outfits, ornaments, puppets, masks, dolls, folk musical instruments, folk deities and painting etc. Evening rejuvenate yourself with boat ride on romantic Lake Pichola.Overnight stay at Udaipur.

 

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Day 12: Drive to Dungarpur & Sightseeing

Morning drive to Dungarpur, 120 Kms from Udaipur lies a secret of princely Rajasthan preserved in amber light. The region is the heart land of the tribal people of Rajasthan. Enjoy sightseeing of Dungarpur visiting Udai Bilas Palace made from grey blue stone displaying a veritable example of Rajput architecture and 13th century built Juna Palace the oldest existing palace in India. Overnight stay at Heritage Udai Bilas Palace, Dungarpur.

 

 

 

 


Day 13: Drive to Mount Abu

Today head to Mount Abu 160 Kms from Dungarpur, at an altitude of 1200 Mtrs it is the only hill station in Rajasthan. Mount Abu is honored as the birthplace of many famous Rajput clans (Warrior class) of India. Enjoy sightseeing of Mount Abu visiting Sunset point, Toad Rock, Nun Rock, Nandi Rock and boat ride on famous Nakki Lake. Overnight stay at Mount Abu.

 

 

 


Day 14: Mount Abu Sightseeing & Drive to Ranakpur
Morning enjoy visit to remarkable Delwara Temples of Mount Abu built between 11th and13th century which are among the finest examples of Indian architecture. Later drive to Ranakpur 180 Kms from Mt. Abu it is abode of famous white marble Jain temple complex. Overnight stay at Ranakpur.

 

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Day 15: Ranakpur & Kumbhalgarh Sightseeing (Night stay Rohet)

Morning enjoy sightseeing of beautifully sculptured Jain Temple complex of Ranakpur. The temple constructed with creamy marble and supported by 1444 exceptionally carved pillars, no two being alike. Later enjoy sightseeing of Kumbhalgarh visiting 15th century spectacular Kumbhalgarh fort, Cloud Palace and Kumbhalgarh wildlife sanctuary. Evening drive to Rohet 120 Kms for overnight stay at Heritage Hotel Rohetgarh.

 

 

 

 

 


Day 16: Drive to Jodhpur & Sightseeing

Morning enjoy village safaris visiting Bishnoi Villages – home of an environment friendly ethnic group.Bishnoi people practice Vegetarian way of living and cutting of Green trees and hunting of animals in the area is strictly prohibited. Drive to Sun city – Jodhpur, second largest city in Rajasthan. Jodhpur is 40 Kms from Rohet. Arrive and enjoy sightseeing tour of Jodhpur visiting imposing Mehrangarh Fort founded in 1459 AD by Rao Jodha, Jaswant Thada - The elegant marble cenotaph of Jaswant Singh II, this graceful memorial has been built like a temple with intricately carved marble stone and is an impeccably executed piece of Rajputana architecture and the Umaid Bhawan Palace an architectural beauty with a subtle blend of Edwardian and Rajputana architecture. Overnight stay at Jodhpur.

 

 

Day 17: Drive to Osian & Sightseeing. (Night stay Khimsar)

Today head to Osian an ancient town along desert starches and dunes of Thar renowned for its cluster of ruined Hindu and Jain temples dating from 8th to 11th century. Osian is 65 Kms from Jodhpur. Arrive Osian and enjoy visits to Jain Mahavir temple and Hindu temples of Harihara, Sachiya Mata, and Sun Temple famous for their originality of composition and sculpture elegance. Drive to Khimsar, 65 Kms for overnight stay at Khimsar Fort a Heritage Hotel.

 

 

 

 

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Day 18: Drive to Nagaur & Sightseeing
Drive to Nagaur 40 Kms from Khimsar, a fortified deserted city famous for its annual cattle fair during January- February. Arrive and enjoy sightseeing tour of Nagaur visiting impregnable Achalgarh Fort and Amar Singh’s Cenotaph. Overnight stay at Nagaur.

 


Day 19: Drive to Phalodi
Today head to Phalodi, 145 Kms from Nagaur. Arrive Phalodi and enjoy visit to Museum of Jain and Oriental Art and Khichan famous as a feeding ground for thousands of beautiful demoiselle cranes. Overnight stay at Phalodi.

 


Day 20: Drive to Pokhran

Morning head to desert town of Pokhran, 63 Kms from Phalodi. Arrive Pokhran and visit impressive Pokhran fort. Rest of the day is free at Hotel to enjoy the royal hospitality of Heritage Hotel Fort Pokhran.Overnight stay at Pokhran.

 


Day 21: Drive to Jaisalmer
Drive to Jaisalmer famous as “Golden City of India “, is synonymous with forts, havelis, sand dunes and camel rides. Its unique location amidst miles of sand dunes makes it one of India’s most popular tourist destinations. During medieval time, Jaisalmer served as the main trade route linking India to Egypt, Arabia, Persia, Africa and the west. Overnight stay at Jaisalmer.

 

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Day 22: Jaisalmer Sightseeing. Drive to Sam Sand Dunes. Enjoy Camel Safari.

Enjoy sightseeing tour of spectacular Jaisalmer visiting Jaisalmer Fort built of golden Jurassic stone. The awesome citadel was constructed in 1156 AD and is second oldest fort of Rajasthan. Havelis of Jaisalmer were erstwhile mansions of rich merchant’s exhibit great piece of architecture, visit Patwon ki Haveli, Nathmal Ji ki Haveli, Salim Singh ki Haveli. Jaisalmer sightseeing tour also includes visit to Tazia Tower – a five tiered tower with skillfully carved balcony on each storey is quite impressive and Gadisar an artificial lake built in 1367 AD. Afternoon get prepared to enjoy the barren splendor of the desert. Drive to Sam Dunes - 40 Kms from Jaisalmer, where the wind unceasingly carves out patterns on the desert sand; the ripples on the dunes create an enchanting mirage. Evening sunset camel safari on the sand dunes are an unforgettable experience and gives a golden opportunity to insight into desert life. Enjoy traditional Rajasthani cuisine with live cultural programmes organized against the backdrop of fascinating dunes of Sam. Overnight stay at Deluxe tents at Sam Dunes.

 


Day 23: Drive to Gajner
Morning drive to Gajner is 280 Kms from Jaisalmer, was once the hunting preserve and attracts many rare species of migratory birds such as Black bellied sand grouse and Siberian cranes. Enjoy a royal stay at Gajner Palace Hotel. Overnight stay at Gajner.

 

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Day 24: Drive to Bikaner & Sightseeing

Drive to Bikaner famous as camel country and is 30 Kms from Gajner. The city was founded in 1486 AD by Bika, one of the fourteen sons of Rao Jodha, the Rathore King who established the city of Jodhpur. Still today one can feel the medieval aura pervading the city’s lifestyle. Arrive Bikaner and enjoy sightseeing tour of Bikaner visiting Junagarh Fort constructed in 1593 AD by Raja Rai Singh, the fort has the enviable reputation of never been conquered or seized, Prachina Museum housed in the Junagarh fort exhibiting a rich collection of royal costumes, textiles and accessories. Visit Lalgarh Palace, constructed in red sandstone, the palace is an architectural delight and a fine synthesis of Rajput, Mughal and European architectural style, Visit famous Havelis or huge mansions of Kotharis, Rampurias, Vaids and Dagas were wealthy and powerful people of the yesteryears. These havelis adorned with intricate carvings and sprawling courtyards, gives one an idea of their opulent lifestyle. Enjoy visit to Camel breeding farm the only one of its kind in Asia and Karni Mata Temple at Deshnok is well known for its rats, which scuttle unharmed and free all over the place. Overnight stay at Bikaner.

 


Day 25: Drive to Mandawa & Sightseeing

Drive to Mandawa, 200 Kms from Bikaner and located in the heart of Shekhawati famous for wall frescoes painting and is often referred to as open air gallery of Rajasthan. Havelies or prosperous Mansions of Mandawa are adorned with gaily painted murals that illuminate the arid landscape. Arrive Mandawa and visit Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli, Bansidhar Nevatia Haveli, Sheh Ram Ladia Haveli and Goenka Haveli. Overnight stay at Mandawa.

 

 

Day 26: Drive to Samode & Sightseeing
Morning head to Samode, 120 Kms from Mandawa it is famous for its fairytale Palace having an exotic hall embellished with exquisite mirror work and paintings depicting hunting scenes and floral motifs. The Palace showcases a superb blend of Rajput – Mughal architectural style. Overnight stay at Samode.

 

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Day 27: Drive to Jaipur & Sightseeing

Today head to Pink city Jaipur - capital of historical and royal state of Rajasthan in India. The city is remarked for its marvelous architecture, culture, Cuisine and lively spirit of the people.Jaipur is 56 Kms from Samode. Arrive and enjoy city tour of Jaipur visiting City Palace complex –houses an imposing collection of Rajasthani art Jewellery, enamelware, carpets, tremendous range of miniature paintings, armory and thousands of ancient manuscript preserved from the royal family’s private collections, The Observatory – built between 1727-34 AD is an noteworthy collection of traditional astronomical instruments and the spectacular Hawamahal or the Palace of winds built in 1799 AD allowed the royal ladies to see the street procession with its 953 small niche windows. Evening enjoy mouth-watering delicious Rajasthani cuisine with live folk dance program at famous city restaurant in Jaipur. Overnight stay at Jaipur.

 


Day 28: Excursion to Amber Fort .Drive back to Delhi
Morning visit stunning hill fort of Amber constructed in 1592 AD, an Elephant back ride like a royal king will reach you to the vibrant entrance of the Amber fort. Enjoy visit to breathtaking palaces, complexes, halls, pavilions and Gardens at Amber fort. Later drive to Delhi, 256 Kms.
Overnight stay at Delhi.

 


Day 29: Transfer to Delhi Airport
In time transfer to Delhi Airport for your flight back to Home / Next Destination.

 

 

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